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Instagram reveals slideshow feature with newest update

Instagram doesn’t want you to waste any more time deciding which picture to post. It wants you to post all of them.  Or at least the picture sharing app’s latest update encourages it. Today the company introduced a feature that will allow users to...

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Tech Crawl: Facebook wants more videos in your face; who’s got the best unlimited wireless plan? 

Happy Hump Day, everyone! Here are some of the top tech stories worth checking out today: Facebook doesn’t care if you don’t like auto-play videos Are you distracted by the near-constant assault of national political news that has seemingly everyone...

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Talking with Texas Standard about terrible people and bad arguments on Facebook 

This week on the “Texas Standard” radio program, we discussed a recent 512tech Digital Savant Micro in which I presented three terrible argument techniques you often see on Facebook. In the segment, we go into more detail with examples of “whataboutism...

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Blogging, survivor of social-media shakeout, lives on at BlogathonATX event

Blogging is not dead! We swear! In fact, you’re sort of reading one right now. Hey, welcome to this blog! In the mid-to-late aughts (say, 2004-2009), blogging became a premier form of communication for online writers, from people keeping personal...

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The three argument techniques to avoid on Facebook

In the current political climate, discussions on social networks such as Facebook can be a little... let’s say “Heated.” But what definitely doesn’t help is participants who use bad techniques to get their point across. Here are three common bad forms...

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‘Trump and Dump’ bot, from Austin’s T3, shorts stocks based on Trump Tweets, gives profits to charity

For all the criticism of President Donald J. Trump’s ongoing Twitter habit, one unexpected beneficiary has emerged: dogs, cats and other animals being helped by the ASPCA. An Austin marketing and innovation agency, T3, has created a piece of automated...

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Austin’s thirteen23 created a digital campaign for Hillary Clinton that voters never got to see

In October 2014, a small Austin design firm called thirteen23 was approached to do work on a major political campaign. At the time, the candidate had not yet announced her bid to become president. That wouldn’t happen until April 12, 2015, when Hillary...

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Meme watch: who is this suave, Turkish #SaltBae meat slicer?

Even for a town obsessed with where to find the best BBQ, the attention might seem a little much. But Austin, like the rest of world, is not immune to the charms of Nusret Gökçe, a Turkish restaurant owner and butcher who has a way with meats. Gökçe...

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University of Texas professor gained early access to President Obama’s social media archive

Last fall, University of Texas Professor Amelia Acker quietly received early access to an immense trove of data on U.S. President Barack Obama’s activities. And no, she wasn’t colluding with Russian hackers.  Acker was part of a White House project...

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That time I complained about a company on Twitter -- and it worked

I’ve been known to launch complaints on Twitter against companies I feel have wronged me.  There was the time I criticized American Airlines for stranding me in Dallas. (I got a customer service response, but nothing was really fixed. I took a Megabus...

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